Redzel seeks to complete trinity of sprint titles

REDZEL is seeking to emulate Black Caviar in being the only other horse to win both Melbourne and Sydney’s premier Group 1 WFA Sprints in the same season when he takes on the Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes at Royal Randwick on Saturday. Partnered with his Everest success in October and Darley Classic triumph in November last year, Redzel is bidding to become the first horse to simultaneously hold the title to the three richest WFA 1200m races in Australia.

Black Caviar won the Darley Classic in 2010, before going on to win the TJ Smith in 2011, with Takeover Target the only other horse to have won both races, the Darley Classic in 2004 and TJ Smith in 2009.

The three-time Group 1 winner completed his fast work preparation on Tuesday with a public gallop at Royal Randwick, and was given the pampering treatment on Friday morning ahead of the $2.5 Million showpiece.

Redzel arrives into the race off the back of breaking the track record for the 1000m in The Challenge Stakes last month, adding to his track record over 1100m earned in The Shorts in the lead up to The Everest, becoming the first horse in modern history to hold two track records at a city course.

The five-year-old is the current $2.30 favourite for the race, and has drawn barrier 6, with regular jockey Kerrin McEvoy in the saddle.

Co-trainer Peter Snowden said on Friday that he’s raring to go.

“He’s as good as gold,” said Snowden. “I’m really happy with him he’s had a good prep. His work on Tuesday was really solid off the back of his trial the Monday prior.

“He’s been looked after since then and is in great order. He’s drawn a nice gate and fingers crossed for a good day tomorrow.”

Triple Crown’s Michael Ward featured on Andrew Bensley’s Racing HQ on Friday morning, and spoke of the anticipation ahead of the race.

“It’s the Grand Final of the Autumn preparation for us and is a huge race. There’s $2.5 Million on offer again and it’s the race that we’ve been building to for some months now and obviously there’s a lot of anticipation building now that we’re on the eve of it.”

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